Alan_bwAlan Kearns
Head Coach and Founder

Alan Kearns, Canada’s Career Coach, CareerJoy founder and author of Get the Right Job Right Now! is one of Canada’s leading authorities on career management issues. As founder, president and head coach of Canada’s career coaching company, Alan has shaped his almost 20 years of career management experience into a company that helps both individuals and organizations including Scouts Canada, RCMP, Deloitte, Subaru Canada, Calgary Flames, Health Canada & other leading Canadian employers navigate a variety of career-related issues.

Having been educated as an optician, Alan himself made a career transition when he leapt into the recruitment field and founded TalentLab, a recruitment agency. A few years later when he recognized that professionals need unbiased advice and tools to manage their careers, he founded CareerJoy.

Voted one of the Top 40 entrepreneurs under the age of 40, Alan is a regular contributor to Canadian media on the latest trends in the Canadian workforce, he has been on a number of shows including, Till Debt Do U$ Part, Princess, Canada AM, BT, The National & The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos. He is the career expert on the O Network reality show – Million Dollar Neighbourhood.  As host of the country’s top rated career Podcast, CareerJoy Conversations, he interviews high-profile career gurus, ranging from John Stanton, founder of The Running Room, to Jim Citrin, best-selling author of The 5 Patterns of Extraordinary Careers.

Alan is a highly sought after guest speaker at organizations and conferences in Canada, where he enlightens employers and employees on all topics related to professionals and their careers.

Alan’s goal is: Work. Made better.

You can connect with Alan on Linkedin and Twitter

Coaching Team

George Muenz has over 30 years of business experience both as an entrepreneur and leader in the high technology sector and has a reputation for being decisive and leading by example. He’s led sales teams in the fast-paced Internet start-ups sector and managed Operations, HR and Business Development departments. George has managed recruiting and staffing, including hiring hundreds of staff for his direct employers — from start-ups to Fortune 100 firms. George was Director of Sales and VP Business Development for NetNation, a publicly traded company on NASDAQ. Click to learn more about George >


Jill Kirson (MA, Ed.S) has a doctorate level degree (Ed.S) in Community Counselling as well as an MA in Community Counselling and an MA in International Development.  Jill has spent almost two decades as both a career counsellor/coach and a HR professional working in Universities, government agencies and in the private sector in both Canada and the United States. As a HR professional, her expertise includes recruiting, talent management and training and development. Click to learn more about Jill >

Kevin Schafer (BA.Sc.) was a Project Manager with a prominent hi-tech company in Ottawa when, in the midst of massive lay-offs, he was handed his “opportunity” for a career transition after 16-years of service. Following his passion, he founded a music agency. As a music manager and agent, Kevin discovered that his skills are directly transferable to CareerJoy. As a career coach, he continues to explore the passions of our clients and has particular skill when it comes to writing bios and marketing skills. Click to learn more about Kevin >

Sandra Bobkin (M.Ed., BScN, RN, ACPC, PCC) Therapy) has more than 15 years of private and public sector experience in a variety of learning, leadership and management roles. This includes service in the retail, financial and health care industries. Sandra coaches executives, newly appointed leaders and professionals who seek to expand their influence repertoire and pursue their professional goals. Her coaching has focused on leadership and team development, effective communication, emotional intelligence, career transition and 360 feedback results. She received her Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching Federation.

richard rochefort bw Richard Rochefort is an expert in leadership development, management excellence and learning. He has extensive experience designing and facilitating innovative conferences, strategic planning sessions, executive retreats, management forums and staff general assemblies. Having served as a senior executive for 23 of his 35 years in the Public Service of Canada, throughout his career, he devoted relentless effort to the renewal of institutions using coaching, mentoring and learning as strategic levers to create and sustain a culture of service delivery excellence.  Click to learn more about Richard >


Suzanne Turpin (B.Sc., M. Occupational Therapy, CPCC) has years of experience in occupational therapy focusing on Vocational Evaluation, particularly for clients experiencing career transitions as a result of injury, illness, or for the purpose of exploring more meaningful career options.  Suzanne has gained a wide breadth of knowledge of various assessment tools and methods in order to create unique profiles that include individual educational and employment histories, transferable skills, interests, values, aptitudes, and strengths and abilities. Click to learn more about Suzanne >

Lisa Pierosara_bw_sqLisa Pierosara (B.A., ACC) Lisa is a senior professional career coach, facilitator and program leader, who fosters change, effectiveness and communications excellence. She is a passionate advocate for service, relationship and continuous growth. Lisa has over 20 years of professional experience across Corporate Canada and Academia in sectors including retail, CPG, wireless, management consulting and marketing. Click to learn more about Lisa >

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 (BA, CHRP, CEC) has over 15 years experience in Human Resources which led her to executive coaching. Jamie is a lifelong learner and believes in the human capacity to grow and move forward. Her goal is to inspire and challenge her clients to see things from a new angle. It’s a privilege for her to be a part of their process. As your coach, Jamie will hold a safe space for her clients to think with the presence of heart and the strength of mind. Click to learn more about Jamie >


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Valerie Legge (B. MUS, ACC-ICF) has first-hand experience of career and intercultural transition. A classical violinist turned professional coach, Valerie is committed to supporting her clients on their unique path to thriving by connecting their strengths, passions and values with practical steps for implementing positive changes.

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Nicola Lee (B.Ed, M.Sc) has always been a motivator-at-heart. With her Bachelors of Education and Master’s degree, Nicola has been teaching for over 9 years in post-secondary education and has been involved in Career Coaching for 6 years. Originally from Northern Ireland, Nicola got her first taste of Canada while completing a teacher exchange from Belfast to Saskatoon. Her love for encouraging people eventually brought her to teaching at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary…and to CareerJoy. Click to learn more about Nicola >

Priscilla Jabouin (B.Ed, M.A. Counselling Psychology) believes that it is possible to find the perfect career – perfect defined by you! She incorporates her educational backgrounds and her in depth knowledge of holistic personal development in her coaching sessions. Hence, her work is guided by the belief that in order to find a fulfilling career, it is important to: improve one’s personal well-being; identify the answers to questions that might be creating confusion; and, overcome personal obstacles. Priscilla has an M.A. in Counselling Psychology and an M.A. in Child Study as well as a Bachelors in Education and a B.A. in Psychology. She also has extensive training as a Yoga Teacher and Fitness Instructor. Click to learn more about Priscilla >


Taryn Brady (BSc) is a Senior Career & Leadership coach with years of experience guiding teams, individuals, and leaders to achieve their goals, and works with clients in a broad cross-section of industries and both public and private sectors. A lifelong learner, Taryn coaches clients in a way that is authentic, creative and solution-focused, and ultimately helps direct individuals on their path to successful and fulfilling careers. Click to learn more about Taryn >

ThomasThomas Labelle (BA, CCDP, CEC) holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, Bachelor’s Degree in Human Service Administration and is a Certified Career Development Professional. He feels extremely fortunate to be in the position to excite and motivate clients about career and life “possibilities” and to help them devise strategies towards achieving their goals. Thomas loves nature, sports, fitness, paddling his kayak and Friday hockey. His respect, love and appreciation for his family grow with each passing day. He can truly call his amazing wife his “best friend” and the most amazing teacher. Click to learn more about Thomas >

GZHeadShot_bwGreg Zador has developed and lead teams in a variety of settings in Canada and abroad, drawing on a richness of experience from living and working in Canada’s west, centre and east, as well as in southern Africa for six years. As a collaborator and facilitator by nature, Greg has worked in partnership with representatives of the business, community and education sectors and all orders of government. This experience combined with aptitudes for astute analysis and representation and abilities to provide well-grounded, articulate and discrete strategic advice to job seekers, executive management teams. Greg derives particular satisfaction and reward from developing, mentoring, enabling and seeing the success of others. Click to learn more about Greg >

Carole Sandy (MEd, RCT-C, CCC) is a Counselling/Therapist who has worked as an educator in several post secondary institutions. She has counselled and coached a variety of clients in collaborative conversations from a strength-based approach to build skills to enable them to navigate challenging circumstances, crises in relationships and life transitions.  Her work experience is a blend of business and counselling responsibilities, and has experience managing, hiring, coordinating and supervising staff in fast-paced multi-union environments. She has developed and delivered workshops on a number of issues and draws on diverse approaches including narrative, cognitive-behavioural, and solution focused therapy. Click to learn more about Carole >

Emily Koolen (CHRP, BA Psychology) has an extensive background in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Consulting spans various sectors and industries. Emily has advised, coached and engaged all levels of employees, including senior executives and has created several human resources departments and organizations. Emily completed her Bachelors in Psychology at Queen’s University and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management and the Certified Human Resources Professional designation. Click to learn more about Emily >

Ryan Dinsmore (B.A., M.Ed.) holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and has six years of experience working and volunteering as a counsellor in the mental health field. He has worked in a variety of jobs from security and the court system, to government, communications, retail and restaurants, and the social services. Through his many career transitions, Ryan has learned that an awareness of one’s abilities, skills, interests and passions is essential to making a meaningful career choice and finding success. Ryan is an empathetic and effective thinking partner who assists his clients translate self-exploration and self-knowledge into actionable job search strategies.

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Jim Dalling (B.A., Q.Med) has facilitated workshops across Canada, acting as a sounding board for the hopes and concerns of our nation. As a psychotherapist, mediator, workshop leader, speaker and coach Jim has helped thousands of people imagine new possibilities and enact real change in their lives. After working with Jim, clients know how to experience change as an opportunity rather than a threat. Click to learn more about Jim >

JulieJulie McGoldrick (BA Lit) has enjoyed spending the last 5 years as a Learning Specialist, involved in the design, development and facilitation of many corporate training programs. She specializes in Leadership training and development, Performance Management and all aspects of Recruiting, Onboarding and Succession Planning. With over 20 years of experience in the Retail and Food and Beverage industry and entrepreneurship, Julie is curious by nature and looks forward to connecting with her clients to discover what motivates, inspires and drives them in life. Click to learn more about Julie >

Lynda Peto is a Certified Career and Employment Coach with over 10 years of experience supporting and assisting her clients in meeting their career and employment goals.  Working with HR professionals, Lynda has a strong connection with the business community and diverse job opportunities.  Lynda has 20 years of business experience as a sales and marketing professional and entrepreneur. Her expertise in marketing is valuable in assisting clients to match, identify and articulate their skills and experience in the job search process. Lynda understands the challenges, fears, and uncertainty as well as the joy, fulfillment, and passion that can be achieved in making a successful transition. She has recently obtained her Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education. Click to learn more about Lynda >

Debora Dekok cannot live without pen and paper. An award-winning photojournalist, Debora has written breaking news and quirky human interest stories for newspapers, as well as for corporate and military magazines. She recently left the world of journalism to grow strawberries on the family farm, but gets her writing itch scratched by composing resumes which she thoroughly enjoys. When penning resumes, Debora makes absolute sure to focus on the client’s specific needs. Click to learn more about Debora >

Jennifer Cowan writes, mentors and consults. She has created stories for television, radio, print, interactive game apps and corporate websites. Her television work has garnered multiple awards and her first novel was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Sharing her love of writing, Jennifer teaches media, screenwriting and comedy writing at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Having achieved many of her own creative goals, one of her greatest thrills is helping her colleagues, clients and students tell their stories. When she’s not wrestling with words and ideas, she’s walking the dog, making things or relishing her status of Jeopardy champion of her living room.

TudorTudor Robins credits the adventure of becoming a mother with giving her the strength and courage to take the big (and somewhat intimidating) step of writing for a living. She feels her degrees in English Literature and Journalism and years of accumulated experience in the publishing industry are being put to good use every time she sees her work in print. Tudor enjoys writing anything that tells a story and considers resumes to be the ultimate “short story” of a person’s life. Click to learn more about Tudor >


Amy Dixon (LLB, BA) spent eight years plodding through her legal career and then decided to try doing something she loved for a change: writing. Since leaving her practice, Amy has been actively writing full-time. She is also studying the art of writing in its many forms at both the University of Toronto and George Brown College. Amy’s passionate about the idea of ‘doing what you love’ for a living and she’s thrilled to be able to use her writing skills as a Resume Coach to help others achieve this same goal.


Gena Gibson’s entire 20-year career has been spent at community newspapers, from a cub reporter in Manotick to the owner of a small weekly newspaper in Lanark, Ont. In that time, she’s had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing many people from all walks of life, learned their stories, and shared those stories to the reading public. She’s following the same path with CareerJoy as a Resume Coach – taking clients’ career histories, turning them into compelling stories to offer to potential employers. Click to learn more about Gena >


Karen Haas (BA, Sociology) takes an analytical approach to coaching & resume writing, deciphering each client’s driving factors for success and what sets them apart in the marketplace. In previous lives as a competitive figure skater, financial planner, and tutor, the creation of favorable outcomes was achieved by strategically setting and reaching goals. In pursuing writing as a passion, Karen skillfully produces and edits articles, newsletters, technical and academic papers, and creative content for websites. “I live each day with gratitude and optimism.”

Josh Clements’ writing career began with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and creative writing, and a Master’s in film studies. His love for language started at the age of six, and hasn’t dimmed since. Josh’s greatest strength is helping individuals from all walks of life find their unique voice, and present their ideas in the most compelling way possible.  When it comes to working with clients, Josh is a very patient listener, and feels that sometimes it is the seemingly insignificant details that can really go a long way in crafting an individual’s personal brand.

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Janine Hogg is a highly-motivated, energetic and intuitive individual and as a Professional Resume Writer, Janine thrives off of helping her clients find personal and professional fulfillment through her expertise in communications and coaching. She is passionate about forming strong connections, and strives to live a life that is authentic and joyful.

Click to learn more about Janine >


Management Team


Lee Grant (B.Sc.)
VP, Corporate

Lee has over 15 years of business experience developing and managing corporate relationships in the financial services industry.

Before joining CareerJoy, Lee served as a Vice President and a Director at RBC Capital Markets where he excelled as the primary point of contact and face of RBC for many large multinational corporations. His strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail and commitment to delivering an unparalleled client experience have been instrumental in his ability to build credibility on a national and international level.

Lee has been a multiple recipient of the annual Brendan Wood International distinction for exceptional knowledge and service in his industry and brings to CareerJoy his dedication to delivering sound advice and trusted service at the corporate level.


Mark Glendenning, B.Sc
Director, Corporate, Eastern Canada

Mark is a seasoned Government Affairs, Communications and Public Policy leader who comes to CareerJoy after serving as a Director and senior advisor to Federal Ministers of the Crown and a Federal Minister of State.

His depth of experience extends to his service with non-profit institutions, at-risk youth organizations and the criminal justice system.

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Director, Corporate, Western Canada

John has over 15 years of experience in the Retail sector and was a Senior Leader in both Operations and Merchandising.  Leading from the front and delivering a world-class client experience in a fast-paced environment while focusing on the development and growth of his team, is where John is at his best.

Client centric, detail oriented, and with a commitment for excellence, John manages corporate accounts for the Western Region of Canada.

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Manager of Client Services

Brittany is a detail-oriented coffee addict and a true “people person”. With a passion for superior client service and a knack for creative solutions, she enjoys being the manager of first impressions for CareerJoy’s clients.

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Finance & Operations Manager

Erin a gift for both seeing the big picture and implementing the details. In her spare time, she is the President of the Appleton Food Co-op,   Show Producer & Founder of Youth Sport Expo Ottawa, and mother to 3 very active school age kids. She is passionate about helping others achieve success, and takes our mission here at CareerJoy straight to heart.



Rebecca Lamb, (B.A., CHRP)
Client Services Administrator

Rebecca is a self-starter who likes to keep busy. In her spare time, she volunteers with various local charities, is learning French, loves to travel, and bakes a mean chocolate chip cookie!